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[News] Review of TEENpup 2009 (GNU/Linux)

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TEENpup 2009 Legacy - Jolly good

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| You may have already figured this out - Puppy Linux is one of my 
| favorite small size players in the distro field. It comes in many 
| flavors, called puplets, as varied as the canine population. While 
| they all have the same common ancestors, puplets are as different 
| from one another as Chihuahua and Great Dane.
| [...]
| TEENpup is a rather interesting concept. It's Puppy through and 
| through, with some embellishments of its own. The speed, the 
| responsiveness, the multi-purpose variety of programs and 
| utilities, and the great functionality of most everything is the 
| typical Puppy legacy. On top of these, TEENpup brings an assortment 
| of first-class programs, great looks and the fabulous Magic 
| scripts.
| On the downside, the setup of the X server, the graphical frontend 
| of the distro and the Wireless networking were somewhat of a 
| disappointment. I hope these issues will be ironed in the next 
| release, even if this means letting some apps go in favor of more 
| and better drivers. 



Alpha 680 Android Netbook Review

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| We are taking a look at the Alpha 680 netbook from Skytone (no relation to
| Alfa Network Inc., makers wireless products). The Alpha 680 is the world's
| first Android netbook, giving users all the features of Google's mobile
| phone operating system right on a netbook. The unit is not yet available in
| the US, but we got our hands on one because we wanted to test some of our
| WiFi products with Android, and also had considered becoming a distributor.
| Because the device was so different from any other netbook we have used, we
| decided to do a full blown public review. Here is the video, then further
| down we have more to say about the item and some pictures as well.


Windows 7 Starter Edition Is Too Wimpy for New Netbooks

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| Given Starter Editionâs lameness, youâd think that netbook vendors might shun
| it and install Windows 7 Home Premium instead. Not so. Samsung says its Go
| netbook will ship with SE, starting in November. Nokiaâs Win 7 plans are
| fuzzy at this point. And Dell recently told me that its netbooks will
| continue to offer a variety of OS options, including âUbuntu and
| Windows-based editions.â
| Somethingâs fishy here. Itâs not as if the entire genre of netbooks is too
| wimpy to run Windows 7 Home Premium. If that were the case, Microsoft would
| have announced recently that Win 7 SE users will be able to upgrade to Home
| Premium for $80. Rather, this is about Microsoftâs desire to cripple the
| netbook category and upsell consumers to Home Premium.
| Sadly, many buyers will shell out $400 or so for a reasonably-powered netbook
| with a 10-inch display, only to learn theyâve been saddled with a feeble
| version of Windows 7. A classic bait-and-switch? It sure looks that way. Itâs
| also a recipe for consumer ire. Nobody wants to pay a fairly significant sum
| for a consumer electronics device, only to learn they must pay an additional
| $80 for features they were expecting.

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